Gulbenkian’s ARTY31 group meets on Wednesdays, 4-5.30pm and consists of young people aged 8-12 with a wide variety of arts interests. These sessions are FREE.

We get the chance to:

– See shows at Gulbenkian for free

– Meet professional artists, technicians and practitioners

– Participate in Q&A sessions with visiting companies

– Create and develop ideas for our own new and exciting art activity in Kent.

– Learn Front of House, Social Media and Event Management skills at events and festivals

– Take part in workshops and sessions based on art forms such as sound & lighting, poetry & spoken word and film

Interested? We work on a drop-in basis, so you can join at any time, but feel free to email us at if you would like any further info.

These sessions are FREE.

All creative learning and participation activity at Gulbenkian has been cancelled.  In line with government advice, Gulbenkian and Colyer-Fergusson Hall are now closed until 30 April 2020.  If you or a dependent participates in a Gulbenkian Creative Learning activity you will be notified of the cancellation of these sessions. Please do not contact our Ticket office, we will contact you over the upcoming days. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Spring 2020 Term dates: 15th January – 25th March (half term on 19th February – No session)

Summer 2020 Term dates: 6th May – 15th July (half term on 27th May – No session)

Funded by ART31 KENT
ART31KENT is a youth leadership project funded through Gulbenkian’s NPO status, granted by Arts Council England. More information about ART31 here or visit the ART31 KENT

ART31 takes its name from Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which states that ‘Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’.  

There are a number of dedicated ART31 groups across Kent. The pilot group started at Gulbenkian, Canterbury, in 2013 and since then other groups have sprung up at Pie Factory Music, Ramsgate and Jasmin Vardimon Company, Ashford, with others in the pipeline. These groups meet regularly to plan ART31 events, as well as develop event management/front of house/marketing skills, meet companies, take part in workshops and see new and exciting artistic work.  MEDIA31, SCREEN31, Gulbenkian Uncovered, ARTY31, TECH31KENT and TECHY31 are part of ART31.

"Zion loved it today with ARTY31, thanks for the opportunity!" ARTY31 Parent
"Thank you for your support in ARTY31. Yo enjoyed everything in ARTY31 and has gained much confidence. I wish you more success of ARTY31!" ARTY31 Parent
"My daughter loves to be part of ARTy31 and she very, very much enjoys being there I am happy for her as her mother. Thank you so much for allowing her to take part in ARTy31." ARTY31 Parent